In a future so real and near it might be now, something happens when women go to sleep: they become shrouded in a cocoon-like gauze. If they are awakened, if the gauze wrapping their bodies is disturbed or violated, the women become feral and spectacularly violent. And while they sleep they go to another place, a better place, where harmony prevails and conflict is rare.
One woman, the mysterious “Eve Black,” is immune to the blessing or curse of the sleeping disease. Is Eve a medical anomaly to be studied? Or is she a demon who must be slain? Abandoned, left to their increasingly primal urges, the men divide into warring factions, some wanting to kill Eve, some to save her. Others exploit the chaos to wreak their own vengeance on new enemies. All turn to violence in a suddenly all-male world.
Set in a small Appalachian town whose primary employer is a women’s prison, Sleeping Beauties is a wildly provocative, gloriously dramatic father-son collaboration that feels particularly urgent and relevant today.
I listened to audio book and I have to say that Marin Ireland did a great job. There are so many characters in this book and she tried her best to do different voices. I chuckled a bit when the men started to all sound the same. Anyhow, about the book. It was good! As I listened to how the men reacted to their wives and daughters fall asleep I both felt empathy for them and anger, Some missed their significant others while some ticked me off. I noticed a lot of reviews for this book were very vocal about there being too many characters but I felt like I could see most of the characters introduced, as whole people without them being the main characters. If that makes any sense.
Sleeping Beauties kept me engaged. There were moments where I literally laughed out loud and moments where I cringed. It rang true in some areas, but in others it didn’t bring much light. I understand that the authors need to show the extremes of both women and men. But many of the ways that the men were portrayed really got under my skin. Mainly because these type of people do exist in both men and women. Annoying, know it all that couldn’t care less about the next person’s feelings. I really wanted to reach in my Bluetooth speaker and strangle these imaginary characters.
My star rating would definitely be 4.5 stars. I really liked this book and I would recommend it to someone looking for a good thriller that isn’t too thrillery. Again if that makes any sense.